How to Care for Your Contact Lenses


If you are tired of wearing your prescription glasses and are looking to make a change to contacts – you’re not alone. It’s been reported about 34 million people wear contacts and that number grows every day.

Once your eye doctor prescribes you contact lenses, the care is now in your possession. If you don’t take care of your contact lenses, you may end up with an eye infection or two.

Here are some important tips on how to take care of contact lenses:

  • Hygiene and clean contact lenses go hand in hand. Always wash your hands with warm water and soap before handling your contact lenses or letting them touch your eye. Avoid using creams, lotions and cosmetics before placing the contact lenses onto your eyes.
  • Once removed, contact lenses must be thoroughly cleaned, rinsed and disinfected. The contact lens solution must be approved by FDA and manufactured by reputable companies.
  • Never substitute saliva or tap water for contact lens solution when wanting to rewet your contact lenses. Microorganisms can live in distilled water, causing infection or sight damage.
  • Do not sleep with your contact lenses in your eye. When the eyes are shut, tears cannot carry the healthy amount of oxygen to the eye. As a result your contact lenses could become dry and stick to your eyes.
  • Always use the appropriate contact lens case for storage. Be sure the lenses are tightly sealed. Do not leave your contact lenses exposed to air or dust.

Remember wearing a contaminated pair of contact lenses is an invite for eye infections.  With proper care and maintenance, eye infections can be avoided.

May 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Eye Twitching – A Twitchy Problem

You’re working at the computer or in the middle of a conversation when all of a sudden it happens – your eye starts to twitch. Try as you may it’s hard to ignore the dreaded eye twitch.

In the medical world eye twitches are commonly known as Blepharospasm – a repetitive and rhythmic contraction of the eyelid muscles.  Involuntary spasms in the muscles of the eyelid cause eye twitching.   While annoying in nature it is typically not that serious or a sign of a medical problem.

Causes

  • Physical or emotional stress
  • Fatigue or lack of sleep
  • Too much caffeine
  • Anxiety or phobias
  • Dry eyes
  • Allergies

Treatment

At this time, there is no successful cure for eye twitching; however there are ways to prevent it. It is important to minimize stress and get plenty of sleep to keep the eye muscles rested. Be sure to take breaks when working at a computer.

However, if the eye twitch is interfering with vision, an eye doctor may recommend Botox or surgery. Remember Vision Source of Greater Tulsa is always here to help answer any vision related questions.

May 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm Leave a comment

Dry Eyes: An Irritating Situation

If you have ever been told it’s perfectly healthy to shed a tear – well, it’s true.  The eyes depend on the flow of tears to provide consistent moisture and lubrication to maintain vision and comfort. A lack of tear production can cause dry eyes.

Dye eye syndrome is the breakdown in the quantity or quality of tears to moisten, cleanse and protect the eyes. With each blink, tears protect the surface of the eye, washing away dust and microorganisms. If this protective coating dries up, the eyes feel as if they are burning and/or gritty, are more easily scratched, vulnerable to infection, and can be more sensitive to light.

Dry eye syndrome is among the most common eye problems. It often results from the aging process, affecting nearly three in four people older than 65. It is also common among frequent computer users, those with allergies or wear contact lenses, and people who work outdoors. Women are typically more affected than men, as dry eyes are triggered by hormonal changes such as post-menopause or during pregnancy.

Keep in mind that some people with dry eyes experience “reflex tearing.” This happens when the eye isn’t getting enough lubrication and its sending a distress signal through the nervous system for more lubrication. While this may wash away debris, it will not coat the eye surface properly.

Though dry eyes can’t be cured, there are a number of methods that can be taken to help treat it. Artificial tears, controlling your environment (such as using a humidifier), and even adding more water to your diet could help ease dry eyes.

If you feel the condition cannot be cured by natural methods, talk to your eye doctor about other treatment options.

May 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

Be Wise about Your Eyes: May is Healthy Vision Month

Most of us try to take care of our bodies, minds, and souls. What about your vision? Millions of people living in the United States have undetected vision problems, eye diseases, and other conditions. You read that correctly – MILLIONS.

Due to these startling statistics, the National Eye Institute (NEI) has designated May as Healthy Vision Month in an effort to make vision a healthy priority for the nation.

Individuals are encouraged to take an active role in their eye care. This includes a comprehensive eye exam – a painless procedure in which an eye care professional examines your eyes to look for common vision problems and diseases, many of which have no warning signs, according to the NEI.

Vision Source of Greater Tulsa offers the following three tips for eye safety:

  • Wear Sunglasses: Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. UV blocking sunglasses delay the development of cataracts and prevent retinal damage. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
  • Give Your Eyes a Rest: If you spend a lot of time at the computer, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.
  • Contact Lens Care – To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Sleeping in contacts that are not approved for overnight wear and using disposable contacts beyond their wear can result in corneal ulcers, severe pain, and even vision loss.

Remember your eyes are the windows to your health.

When was the last time you had an eye exam?

May 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

LASIK Eye Surgery Preparation and Post-Operative Care

You’ve received a thorough baseline evaluation and it’s determined you are an ideal candidate for LASIK.  As with any surgery, LASIK has preparations patients should follow before going into surgery.  You don’t want to take any chances when it comes to your vision.

The patient before surgery should take the following safety measures:

  • You may be required to miss up to 4 days of work. Make sure you have requested that time off from your employer.
  • Patients that use hard contact lenses should stop wearing those 6 weeks prior to the surgery.
  • Usage of face creams, lotions or cosmetics need to be avoided a day prior to surgery.
  • Make arrangements for transportation. Find dependable transportation to the surgery center and back home. Let the driver know they should spend a couple of hours with you after the surgery. In some cases, it is recommended that LASIK patients don’t drive for at least three days after surgery.

Once you are finished with surgery, the staff will go over your healing procedures. The first few hours are the most essential parts of the healing process. Your eyes need to stay lubricated at all times, so be sure to use the artificial tears given to you by your doctor. Follow-up visits will be required by your doctor.

Now that the surgery is done you should notice positive changes in your vision. Most people have improved vision within 24-48 hours. However, if any of your changes seem abnormal, consult with your eye doctor immediately.

Vision Source eye doctors are trained to perform LASIK procedures. If you have any questions, doesn’t hesitate to contact us.

April 30, 2010 at 1:45 am Leave a comment

All About Vision: Is LASIK Right for You?

If you tired of the daily hassle of eyeglasses or contacts, modern technology has a possible solution for you – LASIK surgery.

Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery uses a laser beam to physically reshape the cornea. LASIK is relatively painless and offers good vision almost immediately after surgery. According to several studies, worldwide satisfaction rates among LASIK patients are 95.4 percent.

Millions of people have benefited from LASIK surgery but it is not for everyone.

The ideal candidate for LASIK:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have nearsighted refractive error of -1.00 or greater
  • Have a farsighted refractive error of +1.00 to +4.00
  • Healthy corneas
  • Be in general good health
  • Can take a few days off work for recovery

However, those who are pregnant or nursing, taking certain prescription drugs, or have dry eye syndrome may disqualify from undergoing the procedure.

While it is true the surgery can completely eliminate the need for corrective lenses in many patients, it is not a realistic expectation in all cases. Some people have such poor eyesight that the procedure will not help them with improved vision.

In order to decide if you are a good candidate for LASIK, your eye doctor will give you a thorough eye exam to determine the health of your eyes and what kind of vision correctness you need.

Give us a call and we’ll help you find the best solution for your vision.

April 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm Leave a comment

Free Iris Scanning at the Just Between Friends Event in Owasso

More than 2,000 children are reported missing every day.  About 1.88 million Alzheimer’s patients will wander away from home and do so repeatedly. Thanks to a new technology there is a quicker a solution to help ID missing persons – iris scanning.

Iris recognition biometric technology positively determines the identity of an individual by capturing a high-resolution digital photograph of an individual’s iris. Iris scanning can tell the difference between twins or even an individual’s right and left eye. This non-invasive technology captures the image of the iris when the individual simply looks into the camera.

Once an iris is scanned, a code is created and stored in a secure, web-based nationwide network and registry that is only accessible to the national data bank, law enforcement and social service officials associated with the program. If identification is needed, it can be accessed quickly and confirmed within seconds to return children and seniors to their family.

The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians and the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association have partnered with The Children’s Identification and Location Database (CHILD) Project to offer iris scanning statewide.

We at Vision Source of Greater Tulsa understand the urgent need to provide iris scanning technology to the community. Dr. Denise Johnson of Vision Source will offer free iris scanning at the Just Between Friends consignment event in Owasso on Thursday, April 22nd.

Dr. Johnson will be on hand to educate the public about iris scanning and perform the service for interested parties.  Remember the eyes never lie.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Date: Thursday, April 22nd

Place: Just Between Friends Event in Owasso

First Assembly of God Church – 96th Street North & Highway 169

April 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

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